The high school football schedule doesn't get any better than this. Six of the top 10 teams in Newsday's Large Schools poll will meet this weekend. This is what they call separation Saturday as the top-ranked teams in Nassau I, II and III all play each other.
The Redmen (3-0) use a bullish offensive line led by center Bobby Heyward and guard Connor McDaniel to push opponents around and dictate field position. The East Islip offense averages 44 points per game.
Smithtown West (3-0) has averaged 50 points per game with the return of dynamic quarterback Matt Heldberg, who threw for three and ran for three scores last week. He has big playmakers in Andrew Lapreziosa and Logan Greco. These teams split last year. Smithtown West won the regular season meeting, 13-10, and East Islip avenged that loss with a 23-0 win in the first round of the playoffs.
Farmingdale at Massapequa, Saturday, 3 p.m.: Farmingdale, the defending Nassau I champion, brings its big offensive line led by guard Kevin Vandermark and talented halfback Curtis Jenkins across town to meet challenger and host Massapequa in one of Long Island's hottest rivalries. The Dalers downed Massapequa twice last year, including a 12-9 semifinal win. Massapequa is loaded with athletes and quarterback Matt Caracappa is off to a great start.
Carey at Garden City, Saturday, 3 p.m.: You want to be the champ, you have to take down the champ and that is where Carey finds itself -- as second fiddle to the four-time Nassau II champion from Garden City. Carey quarterback Ray Catapano can match completions with Garden City's All-Long Island quarterback Brett Stewart in a game that Trojans coach Tom Flatley looks for career win number 250.
Connetquot vs. Floyd at Lincoln Ave. Sports Complex, Saturday, 2 p.m.: The Connetquot offense has exploded for 44, 40 and a school-record 55 points in its first three games. Halfback Marcus Guttierez has emerged as one of Long Island's top backs. It's Homecoming Day at Floyd and the home team usually picks a sacrificial lamb for the festivities. That is not the case here as Floyd is still reeling from last week's 31-7 drubbing by Patchogue-Medford. Connetquot beat Patchogue-Medford, 44-23.
Patchogue-Medford at Ward Melville, Saturday, 2 p.m.: Patchogue-Medford recorded the program's biggest win in the last decade as Raiders quarterback Anthony Lee fired four touchdowns passes in a 31-7 upset of top-seeded Floyd, the two-time defending Class I champion. Lee and wide receiver Connor Coughlin have been unstoppable and the defense is led by linebacker Tyler Conlon, who's been all over the field. Conlon and company need to stop Ward Melville scoring machine Jake Biro.
Commack vs. Longwood at Longwood Junior High, Saturday, 2 p.m.: Commack is off to a 3-0 start but the opponents have a combined record of 1-8. Longwood gave Sachem North all it could handle last week in a 49-32 loss. The Lions defense will have to slow halfback Willy Monroy and shut down quarterback Rob Paccione to win.
Sayville at Huntington, Saturday, 2:30 p.m.: Sayville is coming off a 35-34 upset loss to Eastport-South Manor, the first time in school history they've ever lost to the Sharks. Huntington rebounded from a 12-7 fourth-quarter deficit to come back and beat Amityville, 27-12, with three fourth-quarter touchdowns.
Plainedge at Lawrence, Saturday, 3 p.m.: The MSG Varsity game of the week, livecast on MSGVarsity.com, features two of the top offensive units on Long Island and a rematch of last year's Nassau III championship. Plainedge's all-time leading passer Nick Frenger takes on Lawrence's record-breaking signal caller Joe Capobianco, who holds the mark for touchdown passes in a career with 78. Can either defense make a stop in this one?